Our Current Schedule

Join Us!
You don't have to be a FOSF member to join in - the weeds can't tell members from non-members.  And although we may have up to 6 "weeding parties" a month, there is no commitment to doing all of them if you join.  Just pick an event and come along with us to as many "parties" as you like. 

Mark these important dates on your calendar:

Dates for your diary - Weeding Parties
We work together selectively and gently removing weeds from the forest - plants which should not be there and which (if left unchecked) crowd out native flora. We usually have 5 - 15 members at our half-day weeding "parties" and non-members are encouraged to join us as well ! Everyone is welcome.   
Please note: There will not be any work parties held on days of severe weather warning or total fire ban days for the Central District.

For Project days please bring water, gloves and protective clothing, also something to eat and drink at tea break. Bring drilling and filling gear, mattocks, hand saws, pliers (to pull roots), secateurs and herbicide dabbers. We usually have spare tools with us for people who don't have their own.

Working in the forest under Covid-19 conditions

Although re are now allowed to work in our various sites within the forest

we need to comply with the conditions set out by Parks Victoria.

These are:-

1.      We must socially distance at all times – air hugging only.

2.      We must not share food or drinks.

3.      We must wear a hi-visibility vest (supplied by Parks Victoria).

4.      We must wear long-sleeved tops and long trousers, with suitable walking boots or gumboots, and protective gloves.

5.      If you have a fever, cold or flu-like symptoms you must not participate in any activity with the group, and you should report this to the group leader.

6.      We must all sign the record book and give the group leader a contact

          number in case any follow up is needed ie. a person later develops Covid-19.

7.      Please bring your own tools. Do not share your tools with others.

Wandering Wednesday Weeders 

Due to the difficulty in finding suitable sites three to four months ahead of time, the Wednesday Weeders will decide where to work on a monthly basis. The work will consist mainly of follow-up hand weeding, usually at sites too small for a large group.

If you wish to be included in "The Wandering Wednesday Weeders ", regularly or occasionally, please send your email address to Vivien at m.freshwater@bigpond.com  . She will then let you know in advance where the work site will be scheduled.

Note these 2nd Wednesdays in your diary,  9:30-12:30 :

October 13

November 10

February 9

Tuesday Mob 
The Tuesday Mob do heavier weeding, usually removing woody weeds with mattocks and saws, or drilling and filling weed trees with herbicide. We work from 09:00 every Tuesday morning for three to four hours and always have a tasty tea break. The venues for the Tuesday sessions vary from week to week.  
To obtain details, please feel free to email bincoll@melbpc.org.au

Saturday Schedule

Saturday 23 October – Project Afternoon – 1:30 pm Hillclimb Track Site –

  • Meet at the MicawberTavern carpark. Hand weeding of Montbretia, introduced grasses, Angled Onion, Wandering Trad, Creeping Buttercup.

Saturday 27 November – Project Afternoon – 1:30 pm Yanakie Site –
  • Meet at the junction of Welch Track and Coles Ridge Track via Old Monbulk Road (or Glen Harrow Heights Road) (Melway Map 75 H9) Spear thistle, Cestrum, Sycamores, Roldana
Saturday 27 November – Annual General Meeting – 12:00 noon 
  • Meet at O’Donohue’s Picnic Ground (Melway Map 75 G 3) All welcome. Bring your lunch. Election of office bearers.

Saturday 26 February – Project Afternoon –  1:30 pm Monbulk Creek  

  • Park at the Puffing Billy Trestle Bridge (Melway Map 75 H 10) Cestrum, Spear Thistle